It may be the day to celebrate your love, but divorce lawyers know that enquiries peak around Valentine’s Day, February 14.
Tiyce & Lawyers Principal Michael Tiyce was interviewed for this article on 9Honey – read on below or visit the website and watch the video >
Why Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest times for divorce enquiries
Valentine’s Day and love go hand in hand but while there are couples who use the occasion to send flowers, cards and gifts to their special someone, there’s another group considering ending their relationship.
The days surrounding February 14 are some of the busiest of the year for divorce enquiries.
“A lot of people get caught up in the Valentine’s Day catastrophe – some couples enjoy it and it’s something they look forward to – but that can really shine as a counterpoint to people who aren’t having a great time in their relationship, or who are already thinking of getting out,” family law specialist Michael Tiyce tells 9Honey.
“It comes pretty hot off the heels of Christmas and New Year’s where people and families have been together for a little bit longer than they normally would and, perhaps realising that they’re not necessarily happy in the situation that they find themselves and, are looking around them seeing others who are, and then deciding it’s time to move on.”
Tiyce says his firm – Tiyce & Lawyers in Sydney – sees a spike in enquiries a few days after Valentine’s Day and not necessarily on February 14.
“People just come to the realisation that they’ve had enough,” Tiyce says.
“Any family lawyer you talk to will say that’s the pattern we ready ourselves for every year – leading up to Christmas there’s a real peak in enquiries, then it goes quiet and then January and February, we’re up there again.
“People tend to nest when it’s a bit cooler, they stick around, and once the weather is getting better people know that’s something they need to be ready for.”